Edging the Midwife

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Hello, hello and it is almost here! If you were with us last time, you know that I am embarking on a new adventure this fall…and it officially starts next week! Our classroom is ready and we are so excited for students to arrive.

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In the meantime, I am busy putting as many little organizational tips and tricks into place as I can, to ease my family through this major transition. Meal menus, chore charts and a huge family calendar are in place! I am even planning out my future blogs so as not to neglect my lovely followers. This fall schedule is laid out and ready to go!

Today’s free pattern is a simple little edge. Nothing fancy, but it made me very happy, and I loved the nice, solid feel it gave to the blanket

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The blanket was for a sweet baby boy, soon to arrive…which was perfect, as I had been longing to try this pattern:

http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/call-the-midwife-inspired-baby-blanket-free-pattern/

When I finished the blanket, which worked up so lovely and quick, it needed a little something. I experimented with several edges and decided on this one:

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It’s reversible!

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To work the edge:

In the stitch below any ch-1 sp, join yarn and chain 3 to start. Slip stitch in the next dc of the previous row (back loop only).

*Dc in the stitch below the chain-1 space, then slip stitch in the dc of the previous row (back loop only). Repeat from * across.

(Dc- sl st- dc- sl st- dc) around each corner.

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The result? A darling peek-a-boo border in any color you like!

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The froggie hat and rattle were a perfect compliment to the set.

See here for tips on how to make the hat: https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/toad-ally-awesome/

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The blanket ended up snuggly-soft and the perfect size for a new little one. I made it small and light as it had to travel by air to its soon-to-be-owner, packed securely in the luggage of the daddy-to-be!

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Up next…the third installment of this series, a photo tutorial for a darling baby-soft rattle toy.

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See you soon! And happy hooking!

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Baby Victorian Dreams

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Hello and happy Tuesday!

Something pretty and sweet, this sultry summer July day…

The kidlets are in the pool, splashing and shrieking up a storm.

There is a lovely breeze.

Today’s pretty is a soft, colorful baby blanket for a special someone!

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I have been longing to try this pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/victorian-lattice-square

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I’m using Caron Simply Soft in Blue Mint, Strawberry and Lime with a 3.5mm hook.

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The edging is my own design and NOT quite finished yet. 🙂 I am a bit obsessed with pineapple patterns these days, and based it on that. I have been downloading quite a few doily charts!

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The free pattern for the square includes both the written pattern and a chart (Oh, I love using charts, they are much faster for me).

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Such vibrant colors, and the feel is out-of-this-world soft.

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I may have to make this one again. I love the look of the square.

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For joining, I used the braided join technique– or at least my own twisted version of it! 😀

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I learned this join while participating in The Crochet Crowd’s Crochet-Along earlier this year:

http://thecrochetcrowd.com/2015-knit-crochet-along-mystery-afghan/

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I see that Moogly has also featured this square recently, on Hookin’ on Hump Day, and another nifty way to join these pretty squares…you can check that out here:

http://www.mooglyblog.com/hohd-98/#more-16604

http://aureliaslittleroom.com/tutorial-simple-joining-square-technique/

Well, it is time for snack, here at home. They are happy to play nicely as long as I feed them. 🙂

May many happy hours of crochet be in your future. ❤

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Everlasting Edging

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A day in the life…

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Hello and Happy Tues…er, Wednesday! It’s May. Those of you with dance recitals and awards banquets and class field trips know just what I am talking about. I’ve learned that when I flip the calendar from April that I shan’t take a breath ’til June.

And so it is.

Here is my latest lovely.

Isn’t it just the best (speaking as a highly creative person) when a customer says, “Make what you like, I know it will be great!”

Just my favorite kind of order!!!

So I got to spend several delightful hours browsing Pinterest, Ravelry and Google, ohhing and ahhing over whatever caught my eye.

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The order was for a pretty, soft, not-pink baby blanket. YAY!

The pattern is simple and scrumptious, a fabulous combination, and can be found here: http://moderngracedesign.blogspot.ca/2012/09/baby-blanket-free-pattern.html

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It is SO, SO soft. I am using Bernat Baby Softee in yellow and a 5mm hook (my favorite). I used a 3.5mm at first, but the blanket was positively STIFF. It worked up like a cloud with the switch to the 5mm.

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The color differences in the pictures are amazing, as I promise I took them just a few feet apart from each other.

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Now about the edging…

It gave me some trouble. It was my own fault.

First, a row of sc to stabilize it.

Then some pretty shells (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) with a dc in between.

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It looks nice here, doesn’t it? This picture got quite a few likes on the Facebook page. But really, it had a fatal flaw. See the slight bowing below? I was short about 30% of the stitches in the foundation row. Trying to ensure it lay flat, I overdid my stitch reduction, errrrgh.

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So as much as I loved the edge, I ripped it all out, and redid it with three SC stitches per cluster instead of two.

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I also wanted to add a ribbon weave. Have you seen those?

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So pretty… now a row of HDC to lay the foundation for the weaving row.

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I’m using #9 satin yellow ribbon. The row below is the one I will weave the ribbon through. It is a trphdc…have you ever heard of such a thing? The dc was too short for the ribbon width, but a trp was MUCH too tall for the soft, fine yarn. So I fudged a stitch in between! YO twice, insert hook and pull up a loop, YO and pull through two loops, YO and pull through THREE= TRPHDC

A little quirky, but the stitch is just right for my ribbon width.

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I shall keep you updated. 🙂 I DO know how to tie a perfect bow. Perhaps I shall share my secret…

Have a blessed week, and a special blessing on all the mothers, past, present and future. May you have a lovely day.

Update: all finished and delivered!

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Pretty Edging– Free Pattern

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Hello, hello and happy Tuesday!

Just a little something for you today…a pretty, simple edging pattern to use on most anything…

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My stripey sweater needed a touch more “girly-ness”, so here it is!

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Pretty Scalloped Edge
Row 1: sc in each stitch around. 3 sc in corners.
Row 2: hdc in each st around. 3 hdc in each corner.
Row 3: shell (4 hdc) in next st, skip stitch, sc, skip st. Repeat around.
Row 4: sc in first two st of shell, ch 2, sc in next two st, make extended sc (into row 1) btw each shell.

Note: for my sweater I used purple in rows 1 and 2, green for row 3 and blue on row 4.

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That’s all for now! I have a mountain of paperwork and filing to do, and so many crochet projects calling to me…

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Happy hooking!